Bon Voyage

Remember all of those things I wrote about on Monday that I wanted to get done this week?  Yep, I basically got none of them done! It’s been a crazy week with lots of changes coming up (more to come).  I’ve been doing a lot of living life, and not a lot of blogging.

Friday, after work Logan and I hopped on a plane and headed down to Florida for our cruise! We are heading to Haiti, Jamaica, and Mexico for a week of fun in the Caribbean sun!  If you’ve been reading here for more than a nanosecond, you probably know that this week will generally encompass all of my favorite things- the sun, the ocean, drinking, and relaxing. We had an awesome time yesterday, and are packing up to head over to port today.  So I’ll probably be MIA (again) for another week, but when I return I’m sure I’ll have tons of fun photos to share, and stories to tell!

For now, I’ll leave you with three of my favorite photos from yesterday.

Peacocks in Ft. Lauderdale

Peacocks in Ft. Lauderdale

Logan and I on Hollywood Beach

Logan and I on Hollywood Beach

Oasis of the Seas the sister ship to the one we're sailing on, Allure of the Seas.

Oasis of the Seas the sister ship to the one we’re sailing on, Allure of the Seas.

 

Hope you all have an amazing week! 

Steph

Weekend Recap 5.12.14

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I spent a lot of time over at my parents, with my mom.  It was a great weekend, that naturally ended too soon!

Saturday I was up super early for Weight Watchers, and had a GREAT weigh in.. what an awesome way to start the weekend!  Then my mom and I had some breakfast, did a little plant shopping, and walked to the gym to workout.  When we got home I helped her vacuum the pool (that was still much too cold to swim in) and we laid by it for a little enjoying the nice weather. It was in the 80’s and sunny.. let me tell you this Chicagoian has been waiting for months for 80 degree weather.. and the SUN!!   I headed home around 5 and spent some time organizing the house a bit while G cooked some awesome chicken kabobs!  After dinner we got a sweet treat, and took a drive.   Totally laid back, and casual. It was a great way to spend a a Saturday.

Then Sunday, Mothers Day I headed back over to my parents.  I delivered my mom’s gifts (some LUSH bath products, and a nice display of Orchids for her kitchen) they were a big hit!  My dad and brother were at work, so I breakfast for my mom and my sister who was from Madison to visit for the day.  Then we hung out, went for a walk, and basically just spent time together. I was probably a little lamer than usual, because I was feeling a little under the weather.  I think (fingers crossed) it’s allergies, but I just so lethargic kind of a bummer.  After my dad and brother got home, we had an awesome dinner that everyone helped to make and of course some dessert.  Ah, I ate so bad I was feeling a little guilty (and totally gross) as I drove home.  When I got home I started packing for the cruise, and doing some laundry.  It made me so happy to go to bed last night with our windows open, and a  nice breeze! I think this week is the first week we’ve been able to sleep with the windows open… finally!

This is going to be a big week for me as well.. I have LOTS to do before I leave for my cruise with Logan on Friday!  My list includes packing, typing up loose ends at work, some calls for my volunteer role, and naturally blogging!  I have so many things I want to write about.  This week, I’m planning to share my comparison of the Jawbone UP24 and Fitbit Flex, I also want to share about my weight loss journey, and do another bridesmaid look of the day post.  I also have an exciting collaboration with one of my sorority sisters to share, so my plan is to have all the posts (and hopefully a few other smaller ones) live before I leave.  I’m also going to try and schedule a few other posts for while I’m out of town!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, I have a feeling this is going to be another GREAT week!!

Steph

Nerdy Me Tag

Betsy over at Betsy’s Random Assortment of Thoughts had this fun tag on her blog, since I’m a total nerd at heart, I thought it would be fun to join in…

Nerdy Me Tag

 

1.) If your house was burning down and you could only grab one book, which book would it be and why?  I honestly, wouldn’t grab any books.  I’m totally weird in that I don’t like to re-read things I’ve already read (or re-watch movies I’ve seen.)  However, I would grab my laptop which is a macbook.. see what I did there? 

2.) When you get stuck into a really good book how long will it take you to read it? When I’m into a book, I finish it as soon as possible. I can’t put it down! There have been many books that I’ve stayed up way too late reading, just because I couldn’t wait. Conversely, if I’m not feeling a book it will take me a long time to read.. ahem… ‘Eye of the World‘ 

3.) Have you ever become totally obsessed with a book or a series of books before? Yes- Harry Potter, Twilight, Divergent, 50 Shades of Gray 

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Free Mascara at Nordstrom

Dior-Diorshow-Blackout-mascara-in-Kohl-BlackI’m sure this will come as a shock to no one, but I love Nordstrom…  I also love a good sale… oh and I love Dior mascara… which some of you may remember was one of my favorite beauty products of 2013. This post contains all three of those things, so you know it’s going to be good!

May 24th Nordstrom is having their annual Mascara Madness promotion where if you buy two mascaras, you can get the third for FREE! I love, love, love this promotion and look forward to it every year! Here’s the best part, you can mix and match between some of the very best brands they carry:  Armani, YSL, Dior, Chanel, Smashbox, Bobbi Brown, Nars, MAC, Laura Mercier, Clinique, Lancôme, Estée Lauder, Guerlain, Chantecaille, Clarins, Shisheido, and Kevin Aqucoin!

Since I’ll be out of town on May 24th, I panicked slightly when I found out the date.  Luckily, all it took was a call to my local Dior counter and I was able to let them know what I wanted, and they promised to make sure to ring me up for them on the 24th and ship them to me – I could have picked them up when I got back, but I’m lazy so I figured I’d just let them ship them!  Seriously, Nordstrom has the best customer service ever – just one of the reasons I love to shop there. DIOR-Mascara-Diorshow_Iconic_Overcurl

If you don’t already have a favorite mascara, my personal favorites are Diorshow Black Out & Diorshow Iconic Overcurl but
you really can’t go wrong!  I did notice that Iconic Overcurl now comes in a waterproof version, which some of you waterproof fans might like.  Personally, I prefer a non-waterproof mascara because I think they’re easier to remove and less of a hassle in the long run.

Anyway, this post was in no way sponsored and Nordstrom and Dior don’t know me from Adam but I really love this promo and the product and wanted to be sure to share it with you all so you could take advantage if you’re a fan like me!

PS: In case you need an excuse to go shopping, the general rule of thumb is to replace your mascara every four to six months

Happy Tuesday- Hope you’re having a great week!

Steph

Loyalty

Loyalty is something that’s been on my mind a lot lately. We can be loyal in many ways: to people, causes, and even brands.  By nature, I’d say I’m a pretty loyal person and usually this loyalty works out pretty well for me.  With that, I will admit, I am pretty selective with who and what I’m loyal to.

Recently though, I’ve been noticing more and more situations where my loyalty isn’t benefiting me, but rather hindering me.  Really though, who am I kidding? I’ve known this was going on for awhile, but I’ve been in a semi state of denial.  You know that feeling when it’s easier to keep going along, doing what you’ve been doing than making a change, or standing up for yourself.  I’ve struggled a lot with this realization, because typically we start with good reasons for being loyal to something. Usually, something has happened to get you emotionally invested, and tied in a way to that person, place, or thing.   Maybe it’s a store with great loyalty perks, excellent customer service or even a friend who was there for you during a rough time…  but  people, products, and companies change.  I’m a firm believer that change is a part of evolution, and we as people are constantly evolving.  Change doesn’t have to be a bad thing, but it’s true sometimes changes are for the worse.

I’ve decided this spring, I’m going to shake things up. I’m sick of letting my emotions (particularly guilt) keep me tied and loyal to certain  people, places, and things.  It’s time for a fresh start, new beginnings, and a clean slate.

Steph

 

Instagram Saftey Tip!

If you’re like me, you probably use Instagram somewhat regularly.  I was recently browsing through my profile, and noticed this feature called a Photo Map which as Instagram describes ‘[Allows you to] showcase where you’ve taken your photos or explore where others have taken photos on a map.  Maps take you beyond recently posted photos and let you rediscover previously Instagrammed memories…‘  Instagram goes on to describe how it works ‘When you take a photo or video while connected via Wi-Fi or 3G, your phone logs the coordinates where the photo was taken.’

Here’s a sample of the Photo Map that was created on my recent trip to Hawaii:

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On the left, you can see all of the places where I Instagrammed photos from my two most recent Hawaii trips.  I decided to see just how close Instagram would let me get to my actual location, and it was creepily close.  In the third photo (on the right) you can see I was standing on the plaza at the Pearl Harbor memorial. Just imagine if this was your neighborhood… creeepy!

Naturally, I wanted to find out how to remove this information, because as much as I love the people who follow me, I don’t want them knowing where I am at all times, or where I live.  I was happy to find it’s actually pretty easy to remove the geotagging, and disable this feature! Here’s my step by step tutorial for removing and disabling this feature.

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Why I Will Never Again Use A Screen Protector On My Phone

I decided Monday morning I needed a new phone case. So I looked on Etsy and Amazon, and decided that I’d just go to Best Buy and actually pick out a case in person- does anyone even go to stores anymore? So I ran to Best Buy on my lunch, found a case I liked and started to leave. Then I saw the screen protectors… you know, those overpriced sheets of plastic that you can put on your phone to prevent it from getting scratched. I thought of how my last phone had gotten scratched by my keys one day {so annoying} so I decided why not get a screen protector? Better safe than sorry, right? Continue reading